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How to Prepare a Hamster Cage

This article shows you how to prepare a hamster cage for your new little hamster.

Steps

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    Make sure you have the following: Cage, water bottle, food bowl, paper based bedding (No sawdust or shavings such as Pine or Cedar- although many places do say this is fine, this is outdated information and this type of bedding is not safe and an cause respiratory problems.), Wooden toys such as bendy bridges etc, and a safe wheel- (No wire or mesh wheels as these are unsafe. Make sure it has solid base to avoid injury.)
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    Check that your cage is big enough-hamsters need space. Make sure the cage is minimum size of 360 square inches, But the bigger the cage the better to keep your hamster stimulated and happy..
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    Spread the bedding all over the floor, making is deep so the hamster can burrow in it.
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    Assemble all toys, the wheel etc.
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    Next fill up the water bottle and put it in the cage. Try to change the water at least every few days.
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    Put 1 tablespoon of food in the food bowl and place inside
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    Check for safety errors, i.e sharp corners on the edge of a toy etc.
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    Carefully introduce your new hamster to his new home.
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    Watch him explore!
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    Make sure to leave your new hamster alone for a few days before interacting with them.

Tips

  • Handle your hamster with care.
  • Make sure you don't scare the hamster.
  • Do not wake him up while he's asleep.
  • Check that the hamster isn't finding it hard to drink out of the bottle.
  • Leave your hamster to settle in for a while before you handle him. A few days to a week would be ideal.
  • Rummage your hand around the bedding. This will make it smell like you so your hamster will get used to your smell.
  • Make sure the water bottle isn't hanging to low or high, make it the same level as your hamster.

Warnings

  • Hamsters do bite, so be prepared to be bitten.

Article Info

Categories: New Pets | Hamsters